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The 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 1
Torn heartstrings may trump torn guitar strings at this year's WBRU Rock Hunt, which kicks off this weekend when the first six acts take the stage (the remain-ing six will square off next weekend), all vying for a nice pack of prizes as well as coveted radio airplay.
| March 15, 2011
Sage Francis's office party; Ken Casey & friends' new Whiskey
Two big names in music are doing big things locally within the upcoming week: world-class lyricist and Strange Famous Records CEO Sage Francis will host another SFR office party, and later in the week Dropkick Murphys' frontman Ken Casey will officially unveil the Whiskey Republic.
| March 09, 2011
For Chris Monti, Home is where the heart is
After a few spins through the latest solo release from blues/country/folk maestro Chris Monti, it's clear the man can spin a darn good, engaging tale with guitar (and harmonica and kazoo and fiddle) skills to match.
| March 02, 2011
Kodiak Attack scratch and claw their way back
The soundtrack of their lives
Kodiak Attack are comprised of two former members of Atlantic Records act the Invite and three members from Penrose, which built a strong fanbase around these parts a few years back.
| February 23, 2011
Flesh and blood
Last year, The Low Anthem finished their third album and toured the world. During a freewheeling interview back home, they tell us all about it
The acclaimed folk/Americana quartet resume the whirlwind promo stretch leading up to their third full-length release, following 2008’s critically-lauded breakthrough Oh My God, Charlie Darwin and their ’07 debut, What the Crow Brings .
| February 17, 2011
Mouth of Flowers in Full Effect
Petal to the metal
Devotees of mid-'90s indie/post-hardcore/ CMJ -approved alt-rock have been feeling the love the past few years.
| February 15, 2011
New discs by Skinny Millionaires and Suicide Bill & the Liquors
Our friends at 75or Less Records continue to crank out quality product, and February 2011 marks their fifth anniversary, as the Warren-based label founded by Six Star General bassist Mark "Slick" MacDougall approaches its 100th release.
| February 09, 2011
The Tower and the Fool's bittersweet symphonies
Turn on the bright lights
It shouldn't come as too much surprise to hear the six guys comprising the Tower & the Fool have made a conscious decision to simply go with the flow following a promising, self-titled debut EP released late last year (available at iTunes and thetowerandthefool.bandcamp.com ).
| February 04, 2011
Review: Boneyard Barbecue
A rockin' delight in the wilds of Seekonk
Rhode Islanders are blessed with heavenly-good BBQ spots statewide, and while Boneyard Barbecue's business address reads Seekonk, we might as well claim this bustling, family-friendly joint as our own.
| February 02, 2011
37 things to do before finals
Where the fun is
You're back from the holiday break and are ready to fill in the social calendar that stretches from here to the end of the semester. Check out these entries and get ready to get busy .
| January 27, 2011
Meta P. has a simpler plan
Don't let Sean Sbardella's moniker of choice — Metaphysics ("Meta P") — dissuade fellow ol-skool enthusiasts who prefer original-recipe rap to the bombastic, rapid-fire verbiage of latter-day indie backpackers.
| January 26, 2011
Six Star General kick up some serious sludge on Six
Commanding your attention
"The wah is dead," Six Star General guitarist Kyle Jackson acknowledges early on during the first of two CD release shows last weekend at the Apartment.
| January 18, 2011
Angry Farmer connect with Disconnect
Angry Farmer guitarist/lead vocalist Matt Martin claims he doesn't understand what "crunchy rock" means when I refer to what I'm hearing on Angry Farmer's new five-song EP debut, Sentimental Disconnect while we're taking a gander at their press pics.
| January 13, 2011
2011 brings Jon Hope, the McGunks, Jocie Adams, and more
On the horizon
We're wrapping up our 2011 preview, checking in with a few more of our favorite local acts and artists.
| January 04, 2011
Winter Providence music preview: Bring the new noise
Prayers for Atheists, Broadcaster, Kanerko, and more
Adios, 2010. No time for looking back now, though. We have the exclusive scoop on some of the area's best bands and just how they plan to rock your world in 2011. And this is just a taste of what's in store for RIers from some of our favorite local musicians.
| December 29, 2010
The best local discs of '10
Mix it up
'Twas an incredible (and incredibly diverse) year for Rhody-based musical acts, and formulating a Top 10 of 2010 was no easy task as we plunged into the archives and dug up some of our favorite LPs from the past 12 months.
| December 22, 2010
Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch kick out the laid-back jams
Digging their roots
Add Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch to the conversation when talking up the quality roster of local Americana/alt-country acts within state lines.
| March 30, 2011
She Rides straddle the lightning
There's big news cranking out of the She Rides headquarters these days, as the Providence-based quintet have nailed down a new label (NC-based Rusty Knuckles, also home to J. Berndt) and an official sponsorship with Narragansett Beer, received another invite to SXSW in 2011, and is wrapping up an EP of new material.
| December 07, 2010
Review: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons' dazzling new disc
White light, white heat
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons trump their impressive 2007 debut Bury Your Problems with the forthcoming White Lighter . The disc features an all-star array of acclaimed local artists chipping in — and was completed with the aid of fans who helped fund the recording process.
| December 01, 2010
The Kim Lamothe Tree-oh officially in bloom
Tiverton-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Kim Lamothe doubles as a full-time organic gardener and owner of Greenlion Design, and her new sophomore release, Mystery of Viburnum , provides the perfect landscape for the Kim Lamothe Tree-oh to fully bloom.
| November 24, 2010
Review: CasUno's sharp Sore Thumb; plus a New Low Anthem CD!
Eccentric gift of gab
"Welcome to where we keep it wordy not nerdy," declares CasUno EndCrews (aka Chris Andrews) on "Sticks Out Like a Sore Thumb," the title track of his latest and final solo disc.
| November 16, 2010
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